Is an MBA a route to high finance? There has been a persistent myth that MBA graduates do rather well in investment banking and high reward financial careers, but the facts are that MBA careers in high finance vary as much as the markets themselves. Historically MBA employment within investment banking seems to mirror the performance of the worldâs financial markets. As far back as the 1980s, more than 25% of MBA graduates ended up in banking, until the 1987 market crash. Subsequent to that crash, MBA graduates involved in banking reduced to barely 17%. Even so, whilst MBA graduate bankers may not be immune to the cold winds of recession markets, they do still seem to find a considerable niche in the finance world. This is good news as earnings for MBA bankers are some of the highest.